Medical Assistant Program Overview

The Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to build a successful career as a medical assistant or patient care assistant. Students will be well prepared to work in both the clinical and administrative areas in physician’s offices, hospitals, or personal care facilities.

Students will have the opportunity to practice clinical procedures, laboratory techniques, and administrative responsibilities in a realistic setting. Students also take medical assistant classes in terminology, office accounting practices, record keeping and other health care administration topics.

The clinical areas are equipped with exam tables, EKG machines, phlebotomy chairs, and other typical medical office equipment, allowing students to develop their skills in various patient procedures and clinical tests.

The program concludes with an externship to a local medical facility to provide hands-on working experience in the field so that students have the experience to be an asset to medical personnel right after graduating.

Medical Assistant Course Listing

  • Medical Administrative Skills
  • Clinical Skills I
  • Med Terminology and Anatomy I
  • MA Clinical Skills II
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Med Terminology and Anatomy II
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • MA Laboratory Skills
  • Career Development
  • MA Clinical Skills II
  • MA Certification Review
  • Medical Assistant Externship

What You’ll Learn

Experienced Instructors

All the instructors at Great Lakes have years of experience working in the field. In fact many instructors continue to work in the field while also teaching at Great Lakes.

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance

We offer job placement assistance to all graduates, regardless of when they graduated. If you find yourself out of work years down the road, feel free contact our Career Services department for assistance.

Nationally Accredited School

Great Lakes is nationally accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. In 2017, the last year eligible, Great Lakes was named a School of Excellence by ACCSC for rigorous adherence to their educational standards.

Medical Assistant Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of recent job placement sites that graduates of the Medical Assistant program found employment.

Certification Opportunities

Clinical Medical Assistant Certification

Medical Assistant students will be given the opportunity to sit for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) during their last few weeks of externship. Students take the exam at Great Lakes under the supervision of a proctor. Certification is not a requirement for graduation or employment as a Medical Assistant in Pennsylvania.

Clinical Phlebotomy Technician Certification

Medical Assistant students are also eligible to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) examination through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Graduate Testimonials

Julia Phelps

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of Erie

“Great Lakes offers programs that appeal to working moms with children who need flexibility when things pop up. I was able to work, spend time with my daughter, and go to school, and never felt overwhelmed or pressured. I always knew I had good people in my corner cheering me on. The instructors were always so supportive and helpful.”

Rumina Subedi

AHN Saint Vincent

“Unlike other traditional colleges, the education at Great Lakes just focuses on the techniques and materials that we need in our occupational field. This training prepared me for the exact tasks which I currently do every day at work. Our instructors were supportive, and they made sure that every student understood all the lectures and lab materials.”

Great Lakes By The Numbers

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Over 50 Years Educating Residents of NWPA
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Over 20,000 Students Educated

Financial Aid Available

We understand that furthering your education in pursuit of a new career is a costly investment. Great Lakes offers financial aid to those that qualify. Our dedicated financial aid advisors will cover all funding options with you, including grants, scholarships, state, and federal aid.

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